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– en teoretisk diskussion af relationen mellem rum og identitet

By Alejandro M. Savio, Ida Mari Dreijer and Sara Juul-Olsen


The focus in this project is an investigation of the relationship between space, place and identity and how this relationship can be perceived and understood. The point of departure is classical and contemporary theories about urban space and how it is produced and socially practiced. To name the main inspirations there are philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre and the cultural and social geographer Kirsten Simonsen. Lefebvre contributes with an understanding of the production of space and a triad of concepts describing the spatial, institutional and representational practice. Simonsen develops this perception of space with a focus on social practice and diversity as well as she implements the concepts of ‘the corporal’ and ‘the narrative’ city. In order to incorporate theoretical standpoints on processes of identification we use sociologist Richard Jenkins and philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Their theoretical works contribute with a dimension on identity with concepts as the inner-outer dialectics and narrative identity. We discuss our theoretical body in connection with concrete examples of places in Copenhagen represented by a variety of existing narratives from different genres. This primarily illustrates the diversity of how the city is practiced institutionally and in everyday life. The project shows how a focus on space and place can contribute to a broader and a more interdisciplinary understanding and interpretation of identity and processes of identification by challenging the dominating discursive approach in studies of identity. This is done by relating space and identity with social practice, corporally practice and mobility

Topics: rum, identitet, Rumlig praksis, Byliv, Lefebvre, Kirsten Simonsen, By, Identifikationsprocesser, narrativ identitet, Ricoeur, Hverdagspraksis
Year: 2007
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